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Yo Gotti Sues Employee Crashed My Whip On Joyride

5/25/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-yo-gotti-instagram-01Yo Gotti's prized $409k Lamborghini Aventador got wrecked instead of repaired when an employee at the dealership took it out for a joyride ... according to the lawsuit he just filed.

Yo Gotti is suing Motorcars of Georgia, a luxury car dealership, where he took his Lambo last October for maintenance work. It was still there in December when, according to docs ... an MOG employee took it out for an early morning spin and crashed the whip into a tractor-trailer on the interstate.

Gotti says the accident happened 20 miles away from the dealership, and he points out he never gave the dealership permission to drive his car off the lot.

Gotti talks about the car like a loved one, saying it sustained "serious physical injury."

He's suing for $80k in damages -- to the car -- plus his personal pain and mental anguish. Not to mention the money lost from not being able to use the car in music videos.

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NFL's Shaq Thompson Blamed Cell Phone In Head-On Crash ... Cops Say

5/23/2016 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523_anthony-boone_shaq-thompson_instagram-gettyCarolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson told police he was reaching for a dropped cell phone when he lost control of his car and smashed into another vehicle head-on early Sunday morning ... cops say. 

Shaq -- the team's 2015 1st round draft pick -- was behind the wheel of a 2016 Chevy SUV which slammed into a 2004 Lexus SUV driven by former Duke QB Anthony Boone at 7:45 AM. 

When cops arrived to the crash scene near Shaq's Charlotte-area home, the NFL player was given a breathalyzer -- which turned up traces of alcohol ... but cops say it was well BELOW the legal limit.  

"He had some residual left over from the night before, but nothing where it was impairing or anything like that,” Sgt. Ben Miller of the State Highway’s Union County told the Charlotte Observer

TMZ Sports also spoke with law enforcement officials who say Shaq said he had been playing music off his cell phone but dropped it ... and that's when he made the ill-fated decision to reach down and pick it up. 

Officials tell us Boone was not wearing a seat belt -- and was hospitalized for a broken pelvis and broken ribs. 

Shaq told police he was not seriously injured. He was not arrested -- but was cited for crossing the center lane. 

'The Walking Dead' Actors Jump to Rescue in Car Crash

5/13/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0512_walking_dead_car_crash_scene_launchTurns out Glenn and Daryl save people in real life too ... just not from zombies.

"The Walking Dead" stars Norman Reedus and Steve Yeun were cruising on motorcycles Thursday in Peachtree City, GA when they came upon a car crash near the set ... and they jumped into action.

We're told injuries were fairly minor, but the duo hung around until paramedics arrived. 

This COULD be a huge clue for 'TWD' fans -- last season ended with a mystery death ... the fact the two were together near set indicates their characters are ALIVE!!! 

Abby Wambach Flipped SUV In Secret '14 Wreck ...Fled Scene

5/9/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0503_abby_wombach_car_crash_launchU.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach flipped her SUV in a secret late night car wreck back in 2014 -- and miraculously emerged healthy enough to walk more than a mile home following the crash.

TMZ Sports has confirmed ... Wambach was the driver of a Range Rover that crashed and flipped in Multnomah County, Oregon just after midnight on June 28, 2014. The car landed on a residential property -- causing damage to the front lawn. 

Moments after the crash, a passerby who came upon the flipped car called 911 and said the driver had already left the scene.  

A rep for the Portland PD tells us they ran the plate -- it matched with Abby -- so they went to her home (1 mile away) and located her there a short time later.  

Cops say Abby told them she had walked home because she didn't have her cell phone and wanted to call a tow truck. Unclear why she didn't flag down a motorist or knock on the door of the home where she flipped.  

Despite the severity of the crash and the curious fact she left the scene -- cops say they had no reason to believe Abby was impaired and did not administer a DUI test of any kind.  

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Dept. did file a 1 page report -- but Abby was never charged for hit and run or any other crime. 

Cops tell us this was NOT a case of celebrity justice -- with the responding officer insisting he didn't know who Abby was, despite her being a star on the U.S. National team. "We handled it as we would any other similar crash." 

In fact, cops say they helped put Abby in touch with the owner of the property so she could take care of the damages. 

We reached out to Abby for comment -- so far, no word back. 

'American Idol' Finalist Killed In Car Crash

5/6/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0506-ricky-smith-crash-fox-01Former "American Idol" finalist Rickey Smith was killed Thursday night in a multi-car highway wreck in Oklahoma.

Smith was on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City when, according to reports, another man driving the wrong way on the interstate slammed head-on into Smith's vehicle. Cops say the other driver was hospitalized and booked for DUI.

Smith competed on the second season of 'Idol,' and finished in eighth place. Ruben Studdard took the title that year.

Rickey was 36. 

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'General Hospital' Star My Corvette Got Hydrated

5/5/2016 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"General Hospital" star Bryan Craig turned his super expensive Corvette into a compact after slamming into a fire hydrant.

Bryan was driving in Hollywood on Wednesday and says a lady driving a Jeep ran a red, causing him to veer.

The woman -- shockingly -- stuck around and she and Bryan exchanged info.

Bryan's feeling the pain today after suffering some bumps and bruises. The Vette wasn't so lucky. It's now a candidate for the junkyard. 

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MMA Fighter Jordan Parsons Dies After Hit and Run Incident

5/4/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0504-jordan-parsons-twitter-01MMA fighter Jordan Parsons has died ... days after he was struck by a Range Rover in a hit and run incident in Florida. He was 25. 

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons," Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said in a statement.

Parsons was 11-2 as an MMA fighter -- and was a part of the famed Blackzilians training group with stars like Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Rashad Evans. 

"Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man," Coker added. 

"Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thought and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates."

Parsons was struck by the car while crossing a street early Sunday morning. Officials believe Parsons may have been wearing headphones and was unable to hear the car approaching. 

Cops are still looking for the driver of the car that hit Parsons and have vowed to prosecute that person to the fullest extent of the law. 

Story developing ... 

Johnny Manziel BFF Off the Hook In Hollywood Crash

5/4/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0503-j-mazz-ryan-tmz-instagram-01Johnny Manziel's party pal OVO Ryan is officially off the hook in a hit and run investigation stemming from a crash on the Sunset Strip ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... Manziel told cops he was a passenger in a Mercedes-Benz S550 that crashed into a light pole after partying in Hollywood last month. The driver allegedly fled the scene. 

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Witnesses told cops OVO Ryan was the driver -- and recognized him by his beard. But now, we've learned officials will NOT press charges against him due to "insufficient evidence."

Our sources tell us ... the investigation showed there was essentially no damage to the light pole ... and prosecutors feel like it's a case of no harm, no foul. 

As for Manziel, he was never accused of any wrongdoing -- but it's one less legal headache he'll have to deal with. 

Johnny Manziel Mangled Wreckage Of Hollywood Crash

4/15/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Johnny Manziel is lucky to be alive ... because this is the wreckage from the car crash on the Sunset strip -- and you can see the entire passenger side was smashed beyond recognition.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Manziel told police he was a passenger in the car when it slammed into a pole on the Sunset strip on Saturday night.  

Cops believe the driver is Johnny's friend Ryan Silverstein -- who is famously part of Drake's crew. He is currently being investigated for hit-and-run. Manziel has not been accused of any wrongdoing. 

The car -- a Mercedes-Benz S550 -- was essentially totaled ... with the entire front end obliterated. The impact was so hard, every airbag in the car was deployed.  

What's especially scary for Johnny ... the passenger side appears to have taken the brunt of the force. 

Earlier in the evening, our cameras shot Johnny getting out of the same car ... wearing a baseball hat that appears to have been left in the car after the accident. 

We've reached out to Manziel for comment -- so far, no word back. 

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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star Hospitalized After Car Wreck

4/14/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0413_Lainie_Kazan_crash_accident_launchThe actress who plays the mom in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was taken to the hospital after a nasty car wreck ... and some witnesses say it was her fault.

We're told Lainie Kazan was driving in the Valley Saturday and drifted into an oncoming lane. We're told her Lincoln SUV struck another vehicle head-on. And, of all places, the accident happened right in front of The Great Greek restaurant. For real. 

Our on-scene sources tell us Lainie and the other driver were both conscious afterward -- but you can see in the pics Lainie's neck was immobilized in a neck brace.

Lainie's current condition is unclear -- her rep wouldn't comment. No citations have been issued, but cops tell us the accident is still under investigation. 

NFL's Will Smith Surveillance Video Shows Hit-and-Run ... Moments Before Shooting

4/12/2016 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Another bizarre twist in the Will Smith shooting case -- new video appears to show Smith's car rear-ending the shooter's Hummer and aggressively driving off ... moments before the fatal shooting. 

In the video, obtained by Fox 8, you can see Smith's Mercedes hit a red Hummer (which appears to be the one driven by Cardell Hayes) ... but instead of pulling over to exchange info, Smith peels into the opposite lane of traffic and speeds off.

The Hummer then zips off after the Mercedes. 

Cops say Hayes later rear-ended Smith's car before fatally shooting the ex-NFL star during a heated exchange a little more than a block away. 

Everclear Singer My Brakes Screwed Me in Nasty Car Wreck

4/10/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

040816-art-alexakis-tmzEverclear's lead singer got into a car wreck ... and he's blaming his Ford's crappy brakes. 

Art Alexakis tells TMZ he was driving the speed limit (35 mph) in Pasadena last Friday night just before sunset when traffic in front of him started to slow down. Art says he tried punching the brakes on his 2013 Ford Flex but they just didn't bite ... causing him to rear end the car he was trailing.

040816-sub-art-alexakis-tmzWe're told cops and EMS responded to the scene to check everyone out and gave the all clear. Art says all he suffered was a scratch on his leg. 

As for the Ford, Art says it was a goner ... but the good news? Insurance is picking up the tab on a new ride and everything is wonderful now.   

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Someone Nailed Me From Behind!

3/9/2016 8:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0309-rosie-huntington-accident-x17-01Some people will do anything to score Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's phone number.

Okay, we doubt that's what actually happened, but the stunning model did get rear-ended Tuesday in Beverly Hills. The accident appeared minor ... especially considering the size of her SUV, compared to the other car.

Rosie exchanged info with the other driver before driving off, but we're guessing her personal cell was not part of the transaction. 

Worth a shot.

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